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    Just curious if anyone would know how they did the black and white character effect in this In Living Color sketch. Would it have been done using green screen, or masking out the character and changing it from color to B&W and adding the scratches, or some other technique?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHpQ4VE2_MI

    Don't forget that this was the early 90s, so I doubt it was done with CGI.

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    Looks like masks & rotoscoping <= Homey don't play dat !
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    And it could not be blue/green screen as there is actual contact between the characters.
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    A lot can be done with costumes and color to make the job easier. Note how the man isn't wearing any green or blue. A simple chroma key revealing a lower "treated" layer can get you most of the way there. They did a nice job.
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    Not part of the answer but I have seen occasions when presenters forget that they will be appearing in front of a mask screen and most of their clothing 'vanishes'

    Unfortunately there is no 'X-Ray' situ and you do not get to see what is under the clothing
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    And here they do it, but the other way around. A color character in a black & white scene:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wznhksg-9cY
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    Also weren't these shot "before a live studio audience" ?

    That sort of limits what you can do in terms of set design and shooting tricks ; or at least the audience is seeing something different than TVland folk
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    Originally Posted by poisondeathray View Post
    Also weren't these shot "before a live studio audience" ?
    Yes it was.
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    Originally Posted by poisondeathray View Post
    Also weren't these shot "before a live studio audience" ?

    That sort of limits what you can do in terms of set design and shooting tricks ; or at least the audience is seeing something different than TVland folk
    It's possible the live audience was watching a woman in a blue (or green) costume wearing blue (or green) makeup. (In clip 2 on a blue or green set.) Live chroma keying would allow the audience to see the effect immediately on studio monitors. Minor imperfections could be cleaned up in post before broadcast. Making her a "40's" lady may have helped "sell" any artificiality caused by the makeup. Just guessing of course.
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    Thanks, guys!
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